Pyle is now a producer and a veteran of the Juno-winning Canadian band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet but back in '76, where this photo essay begins, he was an underage teenager sneaking into the nightclubs of Toronto just as the punk scene was coming to a head. With his camera in tow and always from a position at the edge of the stage, Pyle's archives make for a great "snapshot" of the nascent days of one of the most significant eras in modern rock history with his lens here pointed at the Heartbreakers, Blondie, X, the Stranglers, the Clash, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, the Ramones, Patti Smith, the Runaways and the Dead Boys just to name a few. Lots of acts primarily known to Toronto and Canadian audiences are covered too as Pyle offers performance, offstage and candid shots featuring members of the Diodes, Tyranna, the Mods, the Viletones, all-girl band the Curse and many others. Each set of photos is accompanied by a brief remembrance of the event with everything then presented in a (very nicely done) D.I.Y. punk zine sort of way. Most of the clubs that Pyle took these photos in are long gone but some were taken at the infamous El Mocambo, still extant today.
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